Dozens of prominent women including political personalities, lawmakers, jurists, judges, and women’s rights advocates from 23 countries in five continents, as well Iranian exiles and supporters of the Iranian Resistance participated in a conference in Paris on February 17, 2018, to honor the International Women’s Day and declared their solidarity with the women of Iran and the Iranian people’s uprising.
Women are indeed the Force for Change.
This was vividly seen in Iran throughout the past year and of course, most conspicuously during the uprising in December and January.
Although the situation in Iran is extremely oppressive for women and they have borne the brunt of repression for the past 39 years, they are not submissive contrary to the regime’s expectation.
A glance at the long way proudly paved by Iran’s women
The anniversary of the 1979 Revolution which toppled the Shah’s monarchic regime in Iran, is a reminder of Iranian women’s extensive role and impact in that era which is considered a leap forward in the history of the struggles of Iranian women.
February 8th marks the anniversary of a fate-making event in the history of the Iranian people's quest for freedom.
In a campaign to secure the release of those arrested in the course of the uprising in Iran, the Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi visited the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, to urge the European governments to stand with the Iranian people and help secure the release of the prisoners of the uprising.
At a press conference at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi declared the Iranian people and Resistance’s demands from Europe and the International Community in general, in the wake of the uprising which shook the Iranian regime to its foundations in the first two weeks of 2018.
Summing up the points she had already raised on the same day in three official meetings at PACE with EPP, ALDE and UEL groups, Maryam Rajavi underscored the volatile state of the Iranian society and pointed out that dozens were killed by the Revolutionary Guards and security forced in the course of the uprising. At least 8000 have been arrested. Many have been killed under torture while in detention and many young protesters are missing. “These are clear examples of crime against humanity.”
Freedom-loving writer and human rights activist, Golrokh Ibrahimi Iraee, sent out an open letter from behind bars of Evin Prison on January 9, 2018. The political prisoner imprisoned in the Women’s Ward of Evin declared solidarity with the Iranian people’s uprising and called on Iran’s youths to continue their presence (in the streets), unite for their common cause and pay the price of freedom.
Human rights and children’s rights activist, political prisoner Atena Daemi, has sent out an open letter from Evin Prison declaring her solidarity with the Iranian people’s uprising.
She reiterates in her letter, “For a long time, it’s been the government that’s been sowing violence and now they are reaping its product.”
A new wave of protests has swept across Iran since December 28, 2017, quickly spreading to over 100 cities in less than a week most radically targeting the foundations of the entire clerical establishment.
The outbreak of protests reflects widespread discontent not only over rising prices, government fraud and corruption, and the clerical regime’s costly involvement in regional conflicts but also the nation’s deep-seated fury against the mullahs’ oppressive rule.
In the ancient myths, the stereotype for a hero has always been a big, strong man. Recently, however, a story has been circulating in the internet about a frail, young girl who has been named a national hero.
Haniyeh, 13, used to live in Sarpol-e Zahab, the epicenter of the earthquake that hit Kermanshah Province in western Iran on November 12, 2017.
On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, this is a call to stop the state-sponsored violence against women in Iran.